ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Two nights after getting routed in Edmonton, the Minnesota Wild were the aggressors from the start in a 3-1 victory over the Oilers on Wednesday night.
Sean Hill, Branko Radivojevic and Brian Rolston scored and Mikko Koivu added three assists for the Wild, who started a four-game homestand with a victory to leap-frog Calgary into first place in the Northwest Division.
Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves, and got some help from a defense that left him exposed in a 5-3 loss to the Oilers on Monday night.
The Wild started fast, scoring two goals on their first four shots to make things tough on Edmonton, which had won 12 of its last 15 games to vault back into playoff contention.
Fernando Pisani scored for the Oilers.
Avalanche 6, Canucks 3
DENVER (AP) - Milan Hejduk scored twice and Peter Forsberg had three assists, including two in a four-goal spurt in the second period for Colorado.
Forsberg replaced Ryan Smyth on the second line to start the second period, and the line of Hejduk (two goals, one assist), Paul Stastny (one goal, two assists) and Forsberg combined for nine points after that.
The Avalanche broke a seventh-place tie with the Canucks in the tight Western Conference playoff race with their second straight win on home ice following a four-game skid. The Canucks lost their third straight.
Daniel Sedin, Taylor Pyatt and Sami Salo scored for Vancouver.
Ducks 2, Kings 1, SO
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mathieu Schneider and Teemu Selanne scored for Anaheim during a shootout and the defending Stanley Cup champions clinched a playoff berth.
Anaheim rookie goaltender Jonas Hiller, filling in for the ailing Jean-Sebastien Giguere, ended the shootout at the end of six rounds when he blocked Brian Willsie's shot. Dustin Brown had the only shootout goal for the Kings.
Patrick O'Sullivan scored for Los Angeles in the first period, and Anaheim's Bobby Ryan tied it in the second.
Los Angeles goalie Erik Ersberg stopped 39 shots.
Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Clay Wilson had a goal and his first assist in his NHL second game to lead Columbus.
Wilson, David Vyborny and Michael Peca scored in the third period after Joakim Lindstrom put Columbus ahead in the first period.
Fredrik Norrena made 17 saves for the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing streak. Norrena had his second shutout of the season and first since Feb. 16.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 32 saves for Chicago.

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